Docker Alternatives

Docker makes deploying your entire development environment easier and portable than many other container software. Many developers swear by Docker's ease of use when compared to other container software. Docker is capable of virtualization, as are many of its alternatives.

Docker is available for all major operating systems, though there are alternatives to Docker with self-hosting options, as well as on systems running FreeBSD.

The list of alternatives was last updated on Aug 11, 2020

  • podman is a daemonless container runtime for managing containers, pods, and container images.
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Docker.
    • Free • Open Source
    • Linux
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    Same syntax, runs without socket, more secure
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    Positive comment • 6 months ago

  • Automate complex infrastructure tasks so you can get back to what really matters.


  • A security-minded, standards-based container engine.
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Docker.

    Discontinued

    According to their Github page at https://github.com/rkt/rkt, the project has been discontinued. The repository has been archived.

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    • Free • Open Source
    • Linux
  • Containers which offer an environment as close as possible as the one you'd get from a VM but without the overhead that comes with running a separate kernel and simulating all the hardware.
  • Singularity is a container solution with a focus on building reproducible software stacks and running them most efficiently on existing HPC, scientific, compute farm and even enterprise architectures.
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Docker.
    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
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    Lightweight, very easy to setup. Moving containers between servers is as easy as copying a file.
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    Positive comment • more than a year ago

  • OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux.
  • The FreeBSD jail mechanism is an implementation of operating system-level virtualization that allows system administrators to partition a FreeBSD-based computer system into...
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    • Free • Open Source
    • BSD
    • FreeBSD
    • DragonFly BSD
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    Great tools and documentation, they have been around for much longer than docker and are a more mature solution.
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    Positive comment • more than a year ago

  • Packer is an open source tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration.
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    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Solaris
  • Deis is an open source PaaS that leverages Docker, CoreOS and Heroku Buildpacks to provide a private application platform that is lightweight and flexible.
  • Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that simplifies the complexity of running applications on a shared pool of servers.
    This alternative is disputed. It's still a legit alternative but it might have some issues that some users think is important.